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  1. A short video I made of the Isle Of Inishmore at Calais.
  2. Good morning everyone, After a year of travel bans and other stuff I don't need reminding of 😂... I was finally able to travel to France again. Having a week off from work and some decent weather for a change, I went to Calais twice to do a spot of photo and videography 😀. I have linked my new video below along with the link to my Flickr page as the file size of the pictures prohibit me from uploading all of them here directly. The second "new kid on the block" at Calais, the Isle of Inishmore It was sad to see the Calais Seaways laid up in Dunkirk. Having travelled on her as a child when she was still the Prins Filip, there is some kind of emotional attachment. However, if the rumours are true, we should see her back in service with Irish Ferries soon. My Ferries In Focus Flickr page : https://www.flickr.com/photos/ferriesinfocus/albums
  3. I will need to make a proper video about the Galicia one day 😅.
  4. Hello everyone, Just a short video about the Calais Seaways I wanted to share with you. Unfortunately, the travel restrictions imposed upon Belgium mean I cannot make any ferries trips at the moment. I hope things will change for the better in the near future.
  5. Good evening, I'm glad to share with you the video from my last ferry trip thus far. Storm Jorge was the last storm of the season (except if one arrives between now and September 1st). After taking the Channel Tunnel due to issues at P&O, I had quite a good drive down to Portsmouth although the GPS decided to take quite a few B roads 😄. The weather was actually quite nice for a change with lots of sunshine, no rain and a good gale. I parked my car in the car park next to the port and checked in. Embarkation was fast and efficient and the foot passenger bus was fully loaded. I had booked a return 'day cruise' with an inside cabin both ways. Seems like some of the crew aren't really used to passengers doing this as there was some confusion at reception. Then again.. I can't blame them.. who would do such a thing with a gale blowing.. 😅. We left Portsmouth on time with the Baie De Seine berthed next to us. I guess she had a delayed departure that day to avoid the worst of the weather in the Bay. We set off and the Mont St Michel was quite busy for the time of year. The Solent was looking good.. solid blanket of whitecaps and waves breaking over the promenades. As we rounded the Isle of Wight, the swell and waves started to build and we had a few big splashes.. all good fun. Filming was quite difficult due to the salt on the windows as well as yours truly forgetting to hit 'record' a few times... . Also many near misses which could have given me some more footage to work with. After about an hour the seas got noticeably calmer and unfortunately, the outside decks were closed. This is something I have noticed, BF tend to close off the decks much sooner than other operators. I know that the sea conditions are worse further west but still.. during Storm Ciara with hurricane force winds, you were still allowed outside by the P&O crew. There was only about a force 8 gale at the time so I was a bit surprised we had to stay inside. Anyway, we got across to Caen in good time without any sort of delay and I quickly hopped off, through check-in and then back on. Once back aboard I went outside for a bit to watch proceedings but soon headed off for bed. The Mont St Michel headed back to Portsmouth and once in the Channel you could feel things hadn't totally quietened down. One thing I have read on this forum is the timetable for these night sailings to/from Caen aren't ideal and I have to agree. By the time you can doze off, it's almost midnight and the next morning, I didn't even have enough time for breakfast. I had a lovely drive all the way down from Portsmouth along the south coast to Deal. Then back to Folkestone to catch the tunnel. I must say.. I do prefer starting in Portsmouth. Whilst the French roads are excellent for long distance driving.. you end up with quite a steep bill for both fuel and tolls. The drive along the coast was also far more enjoyable, really enjoyed it. Anyway, I'm ramblin' on, I hope you enjoy the video !
  6. Indeed, shelters for the bar area / play area as stated on BF's website. "What should you do when the sun is shining and the weather is perfect for sailing? Head for deck 10 of course. It’s time to catch some rays! Our sun deck is the place to be for sun-bathing - and for whale watching. But if you feel like more action, there’s also sports equipment to try. And your kids can have fun too, thanks to Galicia’s outdoor play area. "
  7. It's a joke isn't it... He's on about carbon emissions but if you take a look at his channel he flies all over the place.. Of course, plane are carbon neutral in his mind probably.
  8. Ok so Dennis... This was a strange one as all forecasts were wrong. The prediction was Force 8-10 with 4-6 metre seas so I tried my luck at Portsmouth to Caen. The day before I departed towards Portsmouth on the Normandie. The winds were starting to strengthen and by the time we were off the Isle of Wight, the seas were starting to build. I had an excellent meal in the à la carte restaurant which was actually quite busy for that time of the year. The starter were different types of seafood tartare with grapefruit reductions and some other bits and bobs I can't recall 😅. The main course was duck breast in a light puff pastry crust accompanied by a great red wine sauce and small roasted potatoes. If there is one reason to sail Brittany Ferries, then it's the food on offer ! The Normandie took the typical route to make the crossing more comfortable, first crossing the Baie de Seine to Barfleur and then across the channel with following seas.We arrived on time but disembarkation and customs took quite some time. Look at that plate ! By the next morning it was pouring down and there was a good gale blowing. I was waiting in the lanes and my car was being buffeted by the strong winds. But by the time we departed Portsmouth the wind had taken a vacation and I was left with only the rain and a bit of a swell. Never had I seen something like it but the wind observations at the Channel Lightship went from Force 10 to 1 in half an hour. Turns out it was down to a small area of low pressure that had formed just at the entrance of the Channel. Luckily, the day was saved somewhat by the wind picking up again as we got into the Baie de Seine. I know the weather can unpredictable but if you travel over 600 miles it stings a bit... I guess the seas built up to about 2.5 - 3 metres at most in the sheltered waters of the Baie de Seine but they really had their foot down to make up some time so it was still quite interesting at times. Please enjoy the video . It is best enjoyed with headphones by the way :).
  9. Looks nice, light and airy. I guess the whole focus on the Spanish vibe, interiors, names etc. is to really become part of the experience of a vacation in Spain. Like they say, get you in the mood before you get there. Seems reasonable that they would want to cater for this market as it is (was) doing quite well. The Azul's concept is a bit special but I'm curious how it will turn out. I wonder how much they will charge you if you want to use the C-Club Lounge without a commodore cabin. Seems like a nice place to escape the crowds on a busy sailing.
  10. They did apologize for that in the e-mail that I got along with the voucher afterwards.This is an excerpt from that mail. It was basically down to the unpredictability of the weather.
  11. Good evening everyone, After a hiatus of almost 8 years, I'm back to making videos about ferries. Some might still remember me as member Oleander on this forum back in the day. I used to have the HDFerryChannel as a channel and also made some videos about ferries on the Solent. I stopped making videos after I moved house and to be honest, I needed a break from it and just lost interest as time passed. But now I have relaunched my channel under a different name, Ferries in Focus (hopefully not too much blurry footage or it will become a pun ). In the intervening years I travelled around quite a lot to far away destinations and developed my photography skills alongside with it. Then in February , I set foot on a ferry for the first time again in a very long time (much too long). This was because of Storm Ciara, working for a shipping company myself (CLDN RORO), I can keep the pulse on these storms :). The timing was just too good to resist and myself and 2 friends set off for Calais. The end result was a trip where we left Calais at 08:15 and finally got back to Calais the next day around 14:00. We had no other choice than to spend the night in a hotel in Dover as the port only reopened at 21/22:00 at night. An extra, unexpected cost but at least we had a warm bed instead of a sofa on a ferry 😃. The crossing itself was actually quite calm as I had planned to do the majority of my filming on the return trip when it was forecasted to be much rougher. But alas, they closed the port so that plan went out the window. The crew were excellent during the almost 12 hour wait and we were offered 2 free hot meals and a voucher for 50% on any voyage ex Dover. It was all uneventful except for one moment when, in an effort to dodge some waves, we started turning and then got hit side on. The result was, as you can guess, quite a few rolls (20/30°) followed by crashing plates and cutlery and screaming passengers. It certainly got the blood flowing and my friends had never experienced something like that so were left quite shaken afterwards as you can imagine. It made me realise how much I missed doing these trips and how many storms I had missed in the meantime... So with the weather staying stormy during almost an entire month, I did as many trips as possible. Given the current situation, it is not ideal to make videos, that's why I am spacing my video releases (one every week). I hope to have good weather during my week off from work in early August so I can do some filming in and around Calais. For now, you can look forward to the following videos, End of this week : Portsmouth to Caen on the Mont St Michel during storm Dennis (which could have been the perfect crossing if the wind hadn't gone missing ) Next week : Portsmouth to Caen on the Mont St Michel again during storm Jorge (nice and sunny but not very stormy) I hope you enjoy the video, if you want, leave a like, it helps out my channel a lot. I hope to make many more videos in the future for you guys ! Best regards, Michaël
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